School of Clinical Radiology

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Welcome to the KSS School of Radiology. Radiology is a dynamic and rapidly evolving specialty and we provide high quality training within selected acute trusts in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Each of the counties has its own core training scheme (ST1-3), with subspecialty training (ST4-5) taking place in Brighton, London or other centres within KSS depending on subspecialty interests.

All Radiology trainees in KSS benefit from a dedicated educational supervisor throughout their training career. Trainees record their learning and assessments on the Royal College of Radiologists’ e-portfolio and regular local and regional teaching sessions ensure that they are well prepared for FRCR exams.

Trainees can directly influence the training programme through participation in both Local Faculty Groups and the School Training Committee to ensure continuous feedback on the quality of training.

We are continually developing our programme, guided by the feedback and ideas generated by our trainees. Recent initiatives directed by trainee feedback include:

  • A Clinical Radiology MSc course is in development in partnership with Brighton and Sussex Medical School which will enhance trainees’ clinical and professional skills and encourage participation in research. It is anticipated that all trainees will undertake this course, which will be integrated with our training programme.
  • New training posts have been created at West Sussex Hospitals and Surrey and Sussex Hospitals.
  • A regional electronic teaching library is being set up, based on the Osirix platform which is used for FRCR exams.
  • The School has purchased access to a web-based radiology reference database (STAT-Dx) to promote continuous learning.
  • New programmes in interventional radiology and nuclear medicine have been created in response to curricular changes in these subspecialties.

These new initiatives run alongside the School’s future plans, which include further development of subspecialty training within the region and the promotion of the use of information technology and simulation to enhance the quality of training in KSS. These initiatives in combination with further expansion of training posts to meet future consultant workforce requirements mean that Radiology in KSS is at the forefront of specialty training.

Phil Thompson
HEKSS Clinical Radiology Head of School

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